This the ultimate Christmas present for your beer loving significant other! A one of a kind black decanter comes with the 2010 10th anniversary Riedel glass and the original shipping box. Glass tag included, it's been redeemed. Only 15,000 bottles were released, this is numbered 13,498. I've polished off 3 of these and it's my favorite of the 5 vintages I've had. ('11,'12'13'15&'17). I'm the original owner and it's been kept in my cellar. Unlike most beer this is more like a liquor, served warm or slightly chilled, you don't have to drink it in it's entirety after opening, screw the cap on and save to savor later. I personally purge the bottle of oxygen with co2 before putting the lid back on to prevent oxidation, similar to wine. Shipping is included to the Continental United States.
About the 10th Anniversary Samuel Adams Utopias Batch:
The 2012 Samuel Adams Utopias brew weighs in a bit above 29 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) – Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is five percent ABV by comparison – and was aged in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery to enhance the beer's distinct vanilla and maple notes. The 10th Anniversary batch also spent time in a variety of finishing casks: Tawny Port casks and Vintage Ruby Port casks from Portugal, which contribute slightly more elegant, dark fruit aromas, and Rum barrels from Nicaragua, which add flavors of fig, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and a slight spice. Using traditional Samuel Adams' brewing techniques, the brewers begin with a blend of malts that impart a rich, ruby-black color. The distinct hop character comes from the finest Noble hops which impart its unique complexity and balance. Finally, a combination of yeast strains is used during fermentation, including one usually reserved for champagne.
What Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, has to say:
"With this year's 10th Anniversary release, we're unveiling the result of complex and carefully timed brewing and aging techniques. In fact, this year's brew is a blend of batches including some of our original Triple Bock, whose development began in 1992, and then aged in other barrels sourced from all over the world. This release of Samuel Adams Utopias is proof – 58 proof to be exact – that extreme beers have earned a permanent and respected place in the beer universe, a world now constantly evolving with new craft brewers and excited craft beer drinkers. I hope drinkers will enjoy savoring Samuel Adams Utopias as much as I enjoyed crafting this beer over the past 10 years."